Al-Shabab detonated a roadside bomb Tuesday southwest of the capital Mogadishu when a military vehicle was passing and killed at least three soldiers, a military officer and the rebel group said.
“A roadside bomb hit one of our military pick-ups. So far we know three soldiers died,” Captain Farah Nur told Reuters, adding the death toll could rise. He said the blast took place near a village about 17 km (10 miles) from Mogadishu.
A spokesman for the Islamist al-Shabaab group claimed responsibility.